Allee der Kosmonauten © Eva Raduenzel
26.05.2018 Sat
8 pm

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Avenue of the Cosmonauts

In 1996, the premiere of "Allee der Kosmonauten" was the very first production at the Sophiensaele. Since then, its choreographic approach has become legendary: the events of the piece center on the living room couch of a high-rise apartment in Berlin-Marzahn. Within this confined space, the feelings and movements of three generations of a Berlin family build up dangerously. The inhabitants bury their feelings in lethargy or abandon themselves to feedback loops caused by cramped living conditions. The choreographic encounter with this anxious space, crowded and colliding, triggers solutions at the limit of danceability. The lack of tenderness gives rise to uncomfortable comedy. Avenue of the Cosmonauts is one of a number of early Sasha Waltz projects which explore everyday worlds as spaces for dance interpretation. Created at the cusp of a new epoch, the piece recounts an era of living together without escape routes.


  • Regie und Choreographie: Sasha Waltz
  • Bühne: Sasha Waltz und Thomas Schenk
  • Kostüm: Annette Bätz und Sasha Waltz & Guests
  • Licht: André Pronk
  • Video: Elliot Caplan
  • Komposition und Musik: Lars Rudolph und Hanno Leichtmann (Galler Musikverlag)
  • Komposition und Akkordeon: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
  • Choreographie und Tanz: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Maya Gomez, Ageliki Gouvi, Takako Suzuki und Stylianos Tsatsos
  • Repetition: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola
  • Dramaturgie: Jochen Sandig


"The abstraction of the Dance medium and the hermetic artists’ cosmos can lead to a distancing from the audience’s reality and their realm of experience. My own curiosity and a desire to learn about the circumstances of others induced me to do a series of interviews with people who live in ways foreign to me. This investigation served as the launching pad for my choreography. There is at end no aspiration to make documentary dance-theatre. Although the video images present reality as it is, and actually supplant any stage-set, the video is the only truly documentary feature." (Sasha Waltz) "Movement and a deluge of stimulation, hectic activity in the outside world contrast with the home to which one retreats to live on one’s little island. An apathy, disenchantment and emptiness, a consideration of nothingness, boredom, the simple being in the world, is for the first time recognisable in my work as influenced by my observations of large residential estates." (Sasha Waltz)

Allee der Kosmonauten © Eva Raduenzel
Allee der Kosmonauten © Eva Raduenzel
Allee der Kosmonauten © Eva Raduenzel

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